China's New Pollutant Control Action Plan: Commenting Process, Environmental Investigation, Chemical Risk Assessment

Regulating the Manufacture, Import, Process, and Discharge of Chemicals in or Around China

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, November 4, 2022

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This CLE webinar will advise environmental counsel on pending regulations in China that will affect chemical companies that manufacture, import, process, or discharge certain key chemicals in and around China. The panel will address the proposed working targets for the regulated chemicals and how companies can participate in the comment process while the rules and standards are promulgated.

Description

China State Council has issued a New Pollutant Control Action Plan (the Plan) that aims to complete environmental risk screening of chemical substances of high concern and high production/consumption and environmental risk assessment of certain chemical substances by 2025. The Plan requires establishing a list of key pollutants for regulation, emission restrictions, and compliance enforcement mechanisms. The Plan will directly and indirectly impact all companies manufacturing, importing chemicals, using chemicals in their productions, and any facility that releases or discharges the new pollutants, as well as companies manufacturing or importing toys, student supplies and major consumer products.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) announced that by year end, they will release the initial list of key new pollutants subject to control and will look at primarily: persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disruptors, antibiotics, and microplastics. The Plan will also require companies that discharge key new pollutants to take control measures.

The MEE will need to develop rules and standards in the next couple of years, and possible stakeholders should know there is a comment process. The MEE will develop technical rules, guidance, and regulations so that companies can comply with the goals of the Plan and the new pollutant monitoring framework.

When the new pollutants list is released, companies that manufacture, import, process, and discharge chemicals in or around China must take a closer look at this list, ensure that appropriate records on those chemicals are being maintained, and determine whether any business risk is associated with continuing to produce, use, process, import, or discharge said chemicals.

Listen as our expert panel discusses China's new regulation plan on key new pollutants and how companies that may be subject to regulation can comment on the process of creating the standards and prepare for future rules and requirements.

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Outline

  1. New Pollutant Control Action Plan
    1. Ministry of Ecology and Environment
      1. Key new pollutant list
      2. Risk assessments
      3. Surveys of basic information on chemical substances
      4. Supervision and enforcement of standards
    2. Comment process in China
    3. Actions stakeholders should consider now

Benefits

The panel will discuss these and other topics:

  • What is the goal of the Plan, and what other international standards might the MEE consider when establishing key pollutants?
  • What chemicals are likely to be on the new pollutant list?
  • What is the new pollutant environmental risk management system established by the Plan?
  • What kind of control measures will be implemented?
  • How will the supervision and enforcement provisions of the Plan work?
  • How can a potential stakeholder comment on the proposed rules and standards?

Faculty

Luo, Weiwei
Weiwei Luo

Of Counsel
Beveridge & Diamond

Ms. Luo’s practice focuses on international and Chinese legal issues, including business transactions in...  |  Read More

Additional faculty
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